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Chesterton Town Council enacts downtown snow parking ban

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By KEVIN NEVERS

At its meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to enact the annual snow parking ban in the Downtown.

The snow ban took effect at 2:01 a.m. today, as requested by Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg.

The ban prohibits parking on select streets between 12 and 8 a.m. during or after snows of two inches or more:

-- South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing.

-- Broadway from South Calumet Road to Sixth Street.

-- Second and Third streets from Broadway to West Indiana Ave.

The parking ban is intended to make snow-plowing easier and more effective. Signage will be posted on the affected streets.

CPD Fleet Order

In other business, and at Interim Police Chief Nick Brown's request, members voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of four new squad cars in 2021.

Typically the CPD acquires only three new vehicles in a year, but in addition to the usual three a fourth vehicle is needed immediately.

Member Jim Ton, R-1st--and liaison to the CPD--noted that there are "extraordinary circumstances this year," as a squad car was taken out of service early in 2020 and never replaced.

Squad cars and all other emergency vehicles are funded with moneys from Cumulative Capital Development, an account with a dedicated property-tax rate.

Community Crossings Grant

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously, at Schnadenberg's request, to commit the funding match required for the lastest 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant awarded to the town.

Schnadenberg announced the grant last week: $114,142.50, which will be used to repave Rail Road between 100E and Dickinson Road; as well as Dickinson Road from 1100N to a point just south of East Porter Ave.

Refuse Write-Offs

Also at Schnadenberg's request, members voted unanimously to write off $493.67 in uncollectable refuse and recycling fees.

Reserve Fire Engine

Interim Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams reported that the CFD's reserve engine--a 1992 International--has undergone repair and has been returned to service.

Since the total loss of Engine 510 earlier this fall--struck by a semi at the intersection of Ind. 49 and 1100N--the '92 International has become the main reserve for Engine 515.

 

Posted 12/15/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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